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Support the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

I received the following email from Jacqui Ceballos, the extremely amazing early National Organization for Women (NOW) member and founder of Veteran Feminists of America (VFA).

On March 22, 2012, nine Senate Democrats proposed that states be given another chance to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. This is the 40th Anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the ERA and the first time the Senate has ever considered an ERA bill other than the “Start-over.”

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Illinois Republican Primary Results, few votes cast go to Romney

Mitt Romeny beats Rick Santorum in Ill Republican Primary

Mitt Romney and his wife greet supporters after beating Rick Santorum in Illinois Republican Primary

Despite a low voter turn-out in Illinois, that state’s decision in the Republican primary can have a major impact on who gets the GOP nomination for President.  What voters did turnout, overwhelming put their support behind Mitt Romney who beat Rick Santorum capturing at least 41 of the 54 delegates at stake, pushing him closer to his party’s nomination.

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Barney Frank says he wont seek re-election to Congress

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Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) says he will not be running for re-election, but that he is “not retiring from advocacy.”

After new legislation was signed into law in Massachusetts, the openly gay Congress finds himself competiting in a nearly whole new district.  It is for that reason that he is hanging up his hat.

Frank says he doesn’t think it is fair to his new constituents to run for only one term then retire as originally planned in 2014.  The redistricting puts Frank in a position where he would have to put in a great deal of effort to get re-elected to his 17th term since nearly half of his continuency would be new to his district.  Accustomed to a liberally learning group of voters, Rep. Frank would find himself with many new counties know for being much more conservative.

From here Frank says he plans to teach and write.

“I have the longest uncompleted PhD thesis in Harvard history haunting me,” he added.

Rep. Frank also suggested that he could marks a bigger impact on the government outside of elective office.   It is work with the financial industry and his push for Gay Rights that most will make Barney Frank unforgettable.  He first took office 1981 and came out as a gay man in 1987.  He had his closest contest in decades during last year’s election, but he ultimately won by 10 percentage points.

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